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VAR is the future, insists Federation Internationale de Football Association president Infantino

VAR is the future, insists Federation Internationale de Football Association president Infantino

Still, fans, players, coaches and media were left confused in Sunday's two games by decisions - reached more slowly than expected - by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays.

He also told the Tass news agency on Monday that the atmosphere at the stadiums was great.

"As we are in the testing phase we are trying different ways of how to optimize the experience", the spokesperson said.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi believes more time is needed for new technology to be understood after his team felt the positive and negative results of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

"Offside is easy, but with penalties and red cards there are many more angles which are impossible to show in the stadium", the spokesperson said.

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English Premier League and Serie A might also use this technology from this season onwards. The VAR have technology available, including a grid of blue lines to aid offside rulings, which are now not available to be shown to TV viewers.

A day later another MLS official, Mark Geiger, was the head referee on the field when he motioned for video review of Australia's second goal in their 3-2 loss to Germany.

The African champions lost 2-0 to Chile in their opening match on Sunday in Russian Federation but only after their opponents had a goal ruled out by the VAR.

"I am extremely happy with VAR so far", Infantino said in a statement. Portugal thought they had taken the lead just after 20 minutes when Pepe had the ball in the net after pouncing on a Ronaldo volley that had hit the bar, but it was ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). "This is what VAR is all about".

"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening", Infantino said, adding that video review been tested in games for less than one year "is the future of modern football".


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